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Finally, after a three-year wait, Plants vs. Zombies 2 has landed on the iOS platform, albeit in freemium form. Needless to say, as a longtime fan of the series, I woke up at the crack of dawn and got stuck in, and I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. In fact, the game has even exceeded my (very high) expectations!

For those of you who have seemingly been living under a rock for the past half-decade, Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defence game in which you must protect your home from a zombie invasion using nothing but, erm, plants. Intrigued? Hit the jump to find out more!

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Tetris is an insanely popular franchise and I’d happily bet that you’ve played the game in some shape or form during your time on Earth. One of the newest reboots on the classic game formula is Tetris Blitz, a two-minute take of the classic game of clearing lines.

Tetris Blitz‘s two minute games are a race for points, awarded by clearing lines, that’ll earn you a place on the app’s virtual leaderboard. It’s very much a freemium app, though, so while the app will often beg for cash, when you do invest you’ll be rewarded with unique powerups that offer a new way to play. Let’s dive in and take a look! (more…)

With great games available for iOS and the iPad, you’d be right to automatically assume that the iPad is a quality gaming platform. On that note, gaming and iOS is the theme of this opinion piece, more specifically I’ll be discussing whether the iPad can truly be a great gaming platform or whether it’s just a toy in the realm of consoles and desktop gaming. Read on for more.

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Candy Crush Saga made its much-anticipated iOS debut in November of last year after taking Facebook by storm. Since then, the game has gone from strength to strength, prompting developer King.com to release a further two titles in the Saga series: Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue Saga.

Pet Rescue Saga looks set to perform as well as its predecessor, but is that because Pet Rescue Saga is merely Candy Crush Saga in disguise? Let us take a closer look.

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I know what you’re thinking: another freemium city-builder, and yes, while that may be true, Happy Street actually has a bit more depth than your average free-to-play title, and is probably as twice as bizarre.

Similar in style to Nintendo’s Animal Crossing, Happy Street revolves around a quaint village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals in which you must tend to the needs of your residents, create a thriving economy, and cover villagers with feces. Sound interesting? Hit the jump to find out more.

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Like many people, I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz on television in all its technicolor glory. Who would have thought that almost 75 years after it was first released it would now be available to play in 3D on this high tech gadget we call an iPad, huh?

Developed by newcomer Spooky Cool Labs and licenced by Warner Bros.,The Wizard of Oz takes you on a magical adventure through Oz, following the original storyline that we all know and love, but with a slight modern-day twist. Hit the jump for a nostalgic walk down memory lane, but beware of those pesky Flying Monkeys!

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Back in 2011, iPad.AppStorm contributor James Watts compiled a list of 15 of the best freemium iPad games gracing the App Store at that moment in time. Since then, freemium has gone from strength to strength, prompting many more software companies to ditch the premium revenue model in favor of giving away the core functionality of an app for free.

Here, we have rounded up ten of the very best iPad games that sport this particular revenue model exceptionally well. Read on to discover iPad.AppStorm’s all-time freemium favorites!

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Freemium games are very popular in the App Store at present, allowing people to experience a major title without necessarily making a purchase. One such title to came to my attention is Wonder Zoo — an app that draws you in with its well-designed graphics and intriguing storyline.

In Wonder Zoo, a poacher has snuck into the reserve and stolen all of the animals. Whilst making his escape, his vehicle broke down and the animals have fled into the wilderness and are unable to be found. Now the Ranger needs your help in bringing them back home where they belong. Are you up for the challenge? Let’s find out!

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Reports of kids racking up huge bills through in-app purchases (IAP) is certainly en vogue in the mainstream media at the moment. The tech media, too. When the story ingredients include young children, the (on occasion) largest company on the planet and mammoth credit card bills for normal, hardworking parents then you’re guaranteed eyes on the page. The conclusion being that Apple is, after all, evil.
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Freemium apps have become something of a boom recently. Some of the most popular games on the App Store go by this model, whereby the actual app is “free” but to progress through the game, you’ll need to spend some real cash to actually get anywhere. Hannah Richards wrote an excellent piece arguing why freemium apps are great but now it’s time for me to vent my anger at them and why I won’t be downloading any in the future.

Before I start my rant, let me say that I was a fan of freemium games. I used to play quite regularly on The Sims: Freeplay, The Simpsons: Tapped Out and Pocket Planes (all of which received highly favourable reviews on this site) and I enjoyed it until I realised that I was actually wasting my life, money and, indirectly, my university degree trying to make my Sims to fall in love and get married or get my Bearclaw-P to Stockholm to deliver a valuable batch of screws.

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